By TOM BONE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Dustin Farmer has picked up the first win of his boxing career by fighting his way to a state championship in a match at the Charleston Civic Center earlier this month.
Farmer, a 19-year-old resident of Pageton in McDowell County, earned the title belt in the 17-plus, 201-pound-plus super-heavyweight novice class in a West Virginia Boxing State Championships tournament, Farmer said.
“I came in as an underdog with an 0-2 amateur record,” he said. “I put so much time and training and hard work in, I just went in there, gave it my all and came out on top.”
He said there were “around 100 matches” in the event on Sunday, March 10, sanctioned through USA Boxing and organized by Gary Toney.
Farmer trains at Mountaineer MMA on Courthouse Road in Princeton with Dereck Lambert, Shane Hazelwood, Rick Caruso, Jeremy Brooks and Jonathan Christian.
Hazelwood, a student at Princeton Senior High School, competed in the same set of matches in Charleston and also won a state championship, in addition to the “most promising boxer” award for the past year, Farmer said.
Farmer said about his accomplishment, “I couldn’t do it without God, that’s the first thing, and the support of family and friends. And my whole team came to watch.
“The title belt, it’s a symbol of where I’m at right now, and it’s going to be a landmark to where I came from, when I compete at a higher level in the future.”
He said that after he accepted the invitation to compete in Charleston, he had to pull out of the Friday and Saturday portions of the event to take care of his ill grandfather.
“I told them I might not be able to fight on Friday and Saturday,” he said. “They told me, ‘Do what you have to do, and if you can, come up on Sunday.’ ”
“When I won the state championship, it was my first amateur win,” he said. “The following Saturday I went back to the Madison Civic Center and crushed a guy in an amateur event that put my record up to 2-2.”
“I got a first-round knockout that Saturday at King of the Coalfields 7.”
Farmer, who is majoring in business management at Concord University, said, “I will be making my home debut at King of the Coalfields 8 at Brushfork Armory on April 20.”
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